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FROM SEED TO SCENE (AAIS)

SEEDS OF CREATIVITY FLOURISH IN A DERELICT COVENT GARDEN BUILDING THANKS TO NEW AA SCHOOL PROJECT

Two weeks of unprecedented and unexpected collaborations within the creative industries FREE events include dance performances by New Movement; a debate organised by New Deal of the Mind (NDotM) and a “Pecha Kucha” style event for young creatives to pitch their ideas to a range of experts

The Architectural Association’s Interprofessional Studio (AAIS) will take over a derelict building in the heart of Covent Garden for a highly unusual two-week long programme of genre-defying events, talks, and performances. Part architecture, part performance, part social and political debate, Seed to Scene (S2S) takes place from 18 – 31 May, and is inspired by the scalability of creative processes, from a seed of an idea which germinates to form ground-breaking and experimental collaborations. The aim of the project is to create new ways of bringing people together to form new and unexpected ideas and outcomes. S2S will showcase live and active practice of an emerging professional terrain operating between disciplines.

Now more than ever the creative industries need support and encouragement to ensure they continue to flourish and survive in difficult economic times. The creative industries are worth in excess of £50 billion a year to the UK economy and within four years are expected to employ more people than financial services. S2S will play a key role in providing networks, advice and most importantly, inspiration to the next generation of young creative talent from all disciplines, not just architecture.

Among the highlights of S2S will be a discussion of the importance of risk in creative innovation; a debate hosted by NDotM (www.newdealofthemind.com) relating to their recent report Creative Survival in Hard Times; a dance performance from New Movement, a collective of choreographers with a long history of unusual collaborations and a careers surgery enabling young creative individuals and businesses to seek advice from established professionals.

To produce S2S, the AAIS will collaborate with many professional individuals and companies including renowned film producer Rosa Bosch; Ben Wolff & Andy Dean, Grammy award- winning music producers (Music Technology Ltd); NDotM which is a coalition of artists, entrepreneurs and policy makers which seeks to create new possibilities of work and employment for the creative industries and c/o pop, the organisers of Europe’s biggest conference for the creative industries in Cologne.

The AA Interprofessional Studio (AAIS), which was launched in January 2009, is creating a new field of activity for the AA. Working on the margins of art, architecture and performance, the AAIS can reach professions, create partnerships and stimulate students that would not usually have the possibility of working with, or within, the AA. AAIS welcomes students from a very broad range of backgrounds and disciplines including artists, filmmakers, scenographers, architects, urban planners, landscape architects, engineers, product designers and graphic designers as well as managers, teachers and communicators. S2S is part of AAIS’s commitment to creating interdisciplinary projects which involve professionals from all kinds of backgrounds, and which support creative industries.

S2S Details
Venue: 1- 5 Dryden Street, London, WC2E 9NB
Dates: 18 – 31 May 2010

AAIS Staff 2010
Programme Director: Theo Lorenz
Studio Master: Tanja Siems
Studio Tutor: Jan Hendrik Brueggemeier

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CRASH!BOOM!BAU!





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“Scenography Now!” presents the contemporary scenography festival: Crash! Boom! Bau!

.Jan Hendrik Brueggemeier curated together with Janek Mueller the Crash! Boom! Bau! Festival from May 1st – 17th 2009 at Theaterhaus Jena.

During the course of the festival we showcased 101 artists in a diverse range of formats from theatre productions, installations in public space, interactive games, panel discussions and music performance (see the programme – project website offline).

Check out the video showcase of 7 selected festival productions.

New! New! New! Crash! Boom! Bau!
At the Bauhaus, »New« was the word of the hour. One wanted to change the world to the better, with all perfection: new cities, new tea pots, new man, and certainly also: a new theatre!

The stage workshop at the Bauhaus was an unique laboratory of the performative. With great complexity, Bauhaus-master László Moholy-Nagy described, what it was all about: »The sensible demand for today is: a true organization of form and motion that is deemed equally important and on the same plane with the acoustic and optic (electric) phenomena we can currently produce, not one abusing motion as a medium for literary and emotional events.«

Quite complicated, but: new!

One experimented with space, with apparatuses, with machines, and mechanisms. Walter Gropius: »Every art wants to shape space!« Oskar Schlemmer presented a »Figural Cabinet«, Kurt Schmidt a »Mechanic Ballet«, and Moholy-Nagy a »Light-Space-Modulator« – for the first time in 1923 as a »Mechanic Cabaret« at the theatre in Jena.

The Crash! Boom! Bau! Festival celebrates 90 years of the Bauhaus with a new and up-to-date theatre, guest performances and own productions, with artistic installations and workshops. All projects focus on the a special way of dealing with space, with the stage, with the relation between action and perception, and with interdisciplinary approaches between stage design, media art, and architecture. The festival as a laboratory!

And: we expand! In collaboration with the Architectural Association London, a temporary structure is created on the public square in front of the theatre building – a new place for play and encounter, to expand our theater. This addendum calls: come on in, here is something new!

New! New! New! Crash! Boom! Bau!

The festival Crash!Boom!Bau! is funded in context of the project “Scenography Now!” by the German Cultural Foundation and in the context of the project “bauhaus lab” by the EU culture program.


For more information please on the festival and the participating artists and programming follow this link (official project website offline).

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RESEARCH

From 2013 onwards Jan has been the coordinator of the peer-reviewed Journal: Unlikely – Journal for Creative Arts.
Unlikely is a transdisciplinary journal, which aims to open unexpected spaces for artistic exchange and scholarly conversations across mediums, disciplines and continents. It offers artists working in practice-led research the chance to participate in and explore a range of practical and theoretical contemporary art concerns. An experiment in form, Unlikely engages its audience and contributors in a two-stage process of live event, presenting creative practitioners’ works, followed by peer-reviewed electronic publication. Unlikely works with an international editorial board and a large panel of peer-reviewers.
Website: www.unlikely.net.au

From 2010 – 2015 Jan was a member of the Centre for Creative Arts, La Trobe University in Melbourne.
Website: www.centreforcreativearts.org.au

In his PhD thesis (title: “From Sound to Waves to Territories“) Jan investigates different aesthetic scenarios of the Anthropocene from a Media Arts and practice-led perspective. For more information please have a look at the website: www.fromsoundtowavestoterritories.com.

Currently Jan is a associated researcher for the areas of new media and new modes of communication at the Athens based NGO Poiein kai Prattein (to create and do) dedicated to the arts, cultural policies and urban planning.
Website: http://poieinkaiprattein.org

In 2006 he contributed to two mayor studies as well as curated the new media section of the European Culture Capitals & Months-Network travelling exhibition “A Journey throughout the World – 20 Years of Cultural Capitals”. Both studies were conducted by Dr Hatto Fischer. Jan Hendrik focussed on the area of online practices of museums and media projects by the European Cultural Cities:

In 2004 he based his final MFA project on a series of conducted interviews with media practitioners on their relationship to free media, networking and urban culture and used his findings to demonstrate that this differs from the usual approach taken by local authorities wishing to improve the image of the city without heeding the need for a vital communication. 
For more information please see the “neture series“.

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THE CIRCLE IS RED



An interactive installation composed of light, words and sound based on the diaries and private letters of Oskar Schlemmer

On stage Oskar Schlemmer brought the painting in motion. His costume designs and space compositions taught the abstract form language of painting to jump and run. With the Bauhaus artist Oskar Schlemmer the theatre found connection with the artistic avantgarde of that time. The diarist Schlemmer is a witty and seismographic observer of a nervous epoch between the world wars aside from propaganda and party lines. He reveals his uncertainess, his doubts as modern protagonist at the breaking point of tradition and innovation.

The Circle is red is an interactive light and sound installation. The project was conceived and dramaturgically supervised by Jan Hendrik Brüggemeier. The listening environment by Ulrike Haage is based on the letters and diaries of Oskar Schlemmer. The Circle is red was produced for the Crash!Boom!Bau! Festival at the Nalepa Studios in Berlin.  In this radio play the actors Leslie Malton and Gerd Wameling perform as the speaking voices. The light designer Mattjakob dal Pozzo created a versatile spatial light zone, with which he will interact with live during the performance. (“The Circle is red”, quote: Oskar Schlemmer, diary Octobre 1923)

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RADIOSAUNA

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graphic design: Daniel Guischard

Don’t strip your clothes, unzip your communication …

For the Meteor-Festival in Bergen, Jan Hendrik Brueggemeier produced the RADIOSAUNA performance together with the architect Daniel Guischard.

The RADIOSAUNA is an art installation for the public space and a common hotspot for social interaction and exchange in the city.

A mobile sauna (Finnish style) was positioned on a public square close to the harbour in Bergen, Norway. The sauna was equipped with microphones inside. The conversations inside and the atmospheric noises of the public sauna sessions were transmitted live on the local radio and online.

The RADIOSAUNA aimed to explore the similarities as well as the contradictions that unfold today in our distinction of the local and the global and the private and the public.

It combined the experience of traditional social places like the bathhouse or the sauna with the modern means of telecommunication and new media. It offered one possible notion of what a neighbourhood community action could feel like in the beginning of the 21st Century.

Listen to a playlist of audio snippets from the RADIOSAUNA sessions

Single bits of audio from the RADIOSAUNA sessions


# Singing

# Poetry round

# Chatting (excerpt 1)

# Moderation

# Chatting (excerpt 2)

# My loneliness is killing me’

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BAUHAUS LAB 2009

In 2008/9 was Jan Hendrik Brüggemeier the artistic co-director and co-initiator of the EU culture project “bauhaus lab”.

“bauhaus lab” is a international network of interdisciplinary laboratories on new artistic strategies and modes of interdisciplinary co-operations.

In full appreciation of the ideas behind the historical Bauhaus movement and their lasting impact on today’s affairs, the bauhaus lab project wants to further explore the present conditions for an innovative artistic practice across disciplines and national borders:

# where is the working place of the artist today?
# which are the interdisciplinary coalitions to be shared today and why?

With the support of the Culture programme of the European Union (2007- 2013) and on initiative of the Cultural Directorate of the City of Weimar, the bauhaus lab project is a co-operation between the following partners:

In the course of this project and in the frame of the 90th anniversary of the Bauhaus the results of the research are presented to the public in various formats and further collaborative co-operations with external partners will be fostered across Europe and beyond.

Besides the numerous activities of the project partners the contemporary scenography festival Crash!Boom!Bau! at the Theaterhaus Jena forms the flagship of the project co-operations.

The point of departure is the work of the theatre workshop at the Bauhaus school “Bauhaus Bühne” (bauhaus stage), that used to present his work in 1920ies at the city theatre of Jena (todays Theaterhaus Jena and location of the festival).

The festival wants to highlight contemporary scenography as the melting pot assembled out of diverse interdisciplinary artistic trends and drives.

Project website: http://bauhauslab.weimar.de (archived website)
Crash!Boom!Bau! website: http://bauhauslab.org/festival (archived website)

logo design: Helmut Voelter

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HERITAGE RADIO NETWORK

From 2005 to 2006 Jan Brueggemeier co-ordinated the Heritage Radio Network.

The HRN was dedicated to cultural journalism and Internet-radio. To promote the rich diversity of European cultural heritage, the website www.heritageradio.net has been set up. It served as syndication platform for the journalistic output of its network members and linking point between the different radio-stations.

Individual articles and interviews, the commonly produced HRN-magazines (online and on-air) as well as a dedicated HRN music stream were published. Working and publication language was English. The website offered to the HRN-editors an online working environment including a content management system for the publication (Typo 3), a WIKI engine for collaborative editorial work and real-time online chats for work co-ordination and discussion.

Following radio-stations participated:

Bulgarian National Radio,
Croatian Radio
,
Hungarian Radio
,
Radio Krakow
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Radio Lotte Weimar
,
Slovak Radio
and
Radio Cesky Rozhlas

The HRN has been initiated by the HERMES project (Interreg III b – CADSES) to promote Cultural Heritage and New Media as factors for sustainable regional development.

Listen to the on-air version of HRN Magazine #1: Are Museums just digging in the past? for Voice of Croatia (FM, AM & satellite):

Project website: www.heritageradio.net (offline)

HRN Magazines: #1 Museums / #2 UNESCO / #3 Cultural Capitals#4 Language & Dialects / #5 Hermes

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RASTE_02 – “DISTRIBUTED BY… – How do I get to the music and how does the music get to me?”

In 2004 Jan Brueggemeier was one of the core organisers and curator of Raste_02.

Raste_02 is a festival of new electronic music and audio art which opened in Weimar for the second time that year. It dealt with this question.

For the three days from 12th to 14th June 2004 in Weimar and Frankfurt am Main, Raste_02 combines readings and discussions with the experience of live, new, electronic music and audio art.

Raste_02 creates a forum for budding and established musicians and artists to present music concepts using an electronic sound space and its audio-visual implementation.

Raste_02 aims to be a communicative platform which discusses changes in the relationship between artist, market and audience resulting from digital media.

website: www.raste.org

“Distributed by… – how do I get to the music and how does the music get to me?”

How do I get to the music – and how does the music get to me?
How can you find the music you really like?
Does technology always change music?
Is there any music which is not influenced by the fact that it can be recorded and copied?
Does music live through its continuous reproduction?
How can the value concept of music as a product be developed in a digital musical system?
Are physical storage media being increasingly marginalised?
Is there a digital pendant to a 500 series vinyl record?
Is the only thing of value something that cannot be copied?
Who founds a label and why?
Do labels act as a compass in the overgrown data jungle?
How does the label landscape change?
Are small labels more adventurous, more entertaining and more patient?
Does financial success spell creative disaster?
Can musicians cope with the new economic model of making music?
Is music driven out of its own studio so quickly that no file-sharing client can keep up?
Can music be sold in such attractive packaging that the purchase is easier than copying it?
Will self-publishing of music by the artist become the best form of publicity because an increasing number of people will go to concerts of those musicians, who keep their music in circulation?
Will live presentation of music become more popular?
Are there too many laptop artists?
Can electronics arbitrate between experts, hobbyists and independents?
How will the relationship between creative and interpretive art develop?
Will pure music agents with their networks and talent scouts become more and more important as the real artists of distribution?
What does the future look like for musicians?
What does a musician live from?

You can be sure the presentations, discussions and moderations during Raste_02 will reveal more questions. But maybe some answers can also be found without carrying on the powerful discourse bubble in the context of electronic music.

Saturday, June 12th 2004, Weimar
20.15 Uhr Senking (Cologne)
22.00 Uhr Robert Lippok (Berlin)
DJing Ushi Hupe (Berlin)
DJing Kazi Lenker (Berlin)

Sunday, June 13th 2004, Weimar
17.00 Uhr Reading: Thomas Meinecke (Munich)
18.00 Uhr Panel
20.00 Uhr pingfm (Weimar)
21.00 Uhr L.O.S.D. (Amsterdam)
22.00 Uhr Frank Bretschneider (Berlin)
DJing Peter D. (Amsterdam)

Monday, June14th 2004, Frankfurt
20.00 Uhr Frank Bretschneider (Berlin)
21.00 Uhr L.O.S.D. (Amsterdam)
22.00 Uhr pingfm (Weimar)
23.00 Uhr Robert Lippok (Berlin)
24.00 Uhr Senking (Köln)

Raste_02 made possible by

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